Beauty and the Beast with my 7 Year Old...What's All the Fuss?

Beauty and the Beast Review

There has been so much fuss about the new live action Beauty and the Beast, and I couldn't wait to see it.  Not because of the controversy, but because I freaking love most things Disney. We were lucky enough to be invited to an advanced screening of Beauty and the Beast last night, and I brought my biggest girl.  I was so excited (and have been for weeks), and my sweet girl was over the moon.  That may have been for candy, and popcorn, but still.

After an underwhelming opening scene, which to be fair may have had something to do with the theater technical difficulties, I was nervous.  I was nervous that it would be a flop.  Here's the absolutely wasn't.

As the film progressed I was alternately laughing, sad, nervous, and LOVING THE MUSIC.  Basically everything that you want to happen in one of your favorite Disney flicks.  I was also poised, like a panther obviously, to notice ALL of the sexuality undertones that have been discussed ad nauseaum.  Here's the thing.  Except for one tiny moment at the end, there was nothing "overtly homosexual" about this film.  People really need to get a grip.  I was looking (believe me after all of the internet buzz), and here is what I saw. LeFou was somewhat effeminate, and definitely effusive about Gaston, but he didn't seem attracted to his friend.  He, in fact, was extremely supportive of his plans to marry a (GASP) girl.  Insert my eye roll.

What I did notice?  Lots of interracial couples.  Right off the bat, and that made me feel all warm and fuzzy.  I love that Disney is showing all types of love, and all the haters can just suck it.  No, this isn't my typical movie review...

Just go see it, enjoy it for what it is.  FYI I wouldn't take a young child (younger than 4) due to intense scenes.

Here is Clara, talking about her thoughts:  guess what she didn't notice...

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